Baerdric wrote:I was casually ruminating about day and month names today, partly because Japanese is so boring in that regard (although I have a list of antique Japanese month names somewhere, usually they just number the months).
It occured to me (this week) that the days of the week are being expressed in Chinese/Japanese like in Western languages. In Chinese/Japanese and Romance languages you express
- day of the Moon — Monday
- day of Mars → day of the fire-planet — Tuesday
- day of Mercury → day of the water-planet — Wednesday
- day of Jupiter → day of the wood-planet — Thursday
- day of Venus → day of the metal-planet — Friday
- day of Saturn → day of the soil-planet — Saturday
- day of the Sun → Sunday
It might be helpful to remember that these are/were gods, too, which is why Romance days translate to Germanic days with references to gods like Thor (Thor's day).
Because of their international nature, I think that this approach is worth trying. A more boring attempt would be to number the days of the week. Since weeks are there in order to give a rhythm to when we work and when we rest, I would divide the week in 5 weekdays and 2 weekend days. So, 5 days when we do business transactions and 2 days when we don't. (Of course there are people working on the weekends and vice-versa people who don't work during the weekdays. But if someone is working on Saturday it doesn't mean that Saturday has stopped being weekend day.)